CSHL Archives

The CSHL Archives strives to develop novel ways of presenting and preserving the records of the discoveries in biomedical sciences as a topic of historical interest. We try to bring together important figures in the history of the molecular biology and genetics fields by presenting biographical information, collecting the original materials that these individuals generated over their careers and collecting oral history interviews with them. As a result, we will be able to merge discussions of the past and the future, thereby framing cutting-edge research in terms of detailed knowledge of the past. We are focusing on creating a “living history” of important aspects of molecular biology and genetics research that blend the traditional discussions of current scientific research with lectures on the history of science; scholarly works; using our collections in public exhibitions; and scientific meetings in which the pioneers of the field interact with the current scientific community.

The CSHL Archives consists of the: Institutional Archives, Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Rare Book Collection, Oral History Collections, Scholarly and Educational Programs.

Availability of Material

For specific information on the availability of materials or to arrange an appointment to use the Archives, please contact (516)367-8414 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please consult our Permissions & Copyright Policies for any materials you wish to use.

This collection was processed under the grant History and Development of Molecular Biology: New Sources through the Hidden Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Collections (1890-1910), (NAS11-RB-50178-11). Funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. nhprc-2-m